Found a picture of actor "GARY COOPER" in K.D. Kirkland's book of Winchester,from a 1950 movie ,quote " A serious Gary Cooper keeps his Winchester model 1876, close by his side". Looks like a 92 ,w/ oct. barrel and a capped forearm. The 92 has double lugs, I be think'n.
Your serial number check found the serial number 56722, only one off 56721 as belonging to the 18 th New York Cavalry, also some above and below was from Illinois Cavalry units. I have traced those units from New Orleans to Texas from June 1865 to May 1866. Most of these units were supplied at New Orleans. By tracking killed in action, died of being sick and deserters one can follow the unit travels.
I am very aware one number apart could be a weapon that went to another part of the world. I play the odds.
LOL, 'Die Hard' was just a movie. I was in 6 standup gunfights as a Cop, never fired more than 4 rounds in any of'm. I carried a Colt SAA working off duty for Jack In The Box. The gangsters were terrified of my gun. The reason Cops do not carry revolvers is that companies offer big incentives to those who pick new guns for the department autos are 'in' with the makers. Locally a major department tested a mess of autos, the Sig won every test but Glock got the contract, they had a bigger incentive for the guy making the choice. It's the same with every piece of equipment, the guys get what they are told they like not what's best. BTW, while Hollywood invented the 'fast draw' it has very little application in real life. Now, jump in and tell me how I don't know a thing about what I'm saying, after all YOU read a book and saw a movie.